Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 - 12:10
Putting more high density housing in the inner suburbs of major cities is key to unlocking economic growth, a new report has found. The Grattan Institute's 2018 report into how the states are going also recommends state governments pursue their own emissions reduction scheme if the federal government can't create one.   The report found the amount of housing per adult in each state... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 - 11:42
Global experts have enjoined African governments to review their National Urban Policies (NUPs) to address structural impediments and lay the foundations for inclusive urban expansion. They pinpointed out that 18 NUPs drafted in Sub-Saharan Africa including Nigeria are full of the standard policy jargon. The technical capabilities, legal frameworks, financial instruments, and political will to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 - 10:11
Anyone with a cursory interest in world history will have encountered the Greek City - States of Athens and Sparta. They have a rich history of civilisation, democracy, architecture and military conquests. However, the most striking thing is that these city-states were not nations, not as is currently conceived, but they had, for the time, an advanced system of planning, city administration and... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, October 26, 2018 - 13:19
For the seventh time, the Smart City Expo, the leading specialist trade show for the issues of energy and sustainability, mobility and transport, urban planning and safety will take place in the Gran Via Exhibition Centre. Since 2011, experts from city administration, companies, start-ups, research centres and action groups have been meeting at the trade show to present, to learn, to share, to... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, October 26, 2018 - 13:12
Following the success of the first EUROCITIES Mayors Summit in 2017, we are organising a second in Brussels from 20-21 March 2019 to discuss critical European issues including citizen engagement. The second Mayors Summit will bring together local, national and European leaders to discuss the role of cities in the future of Europe, with a special focus on citizen engagement and young people. Also... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Friday, October 26, 2018 - 13:04
Job Summary WRI's Ross Center for Sustainable Cities seeks a full-time, benefits eligible, limited-term Research and Engagement Coordinator (REC) for a multi-faceted role within its Research and Knowledge Exchange team. In this position, you will need experience with research combined with strong communication skills. You will be responsible for ensuring that the WRI Ross Center's research is... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 16:02
Description Program Overview - About WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities The decisions that national leaders, local officials, developers, and planners make today will determine how billions of people in urban centers will thrive over the next century. Already, half the global population resides in cities. That figure is set to increase to 70 percent by 2050. Traditional models of city... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 15:34
Urban nature has a critical role to play in the future liveability of cities. An emerging body of research reveals that bringing nature back into our cities can deliver a truly impressive array of benefits, ranging from health and well-being to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Aside from benefits for people, cities are often hotspots for threatened species and are justifiable locations... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 15:23
Drought, climate change, and overdraft – oh my! Communities are increasingly turning to water reuse as a tool to bolster water supply reliability in the face of numerous uncertainties. Droughts result in curtailments of surface water allocations that serve as drinking water lifelines to many cities. Just look at this year’s “day zero” warnings from Cape Town, or when California’s governor made a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 16:09
The UCEEP (Safe #CitiinCiti) innovative project/initiative was realised with clarity that safeguarding, protection and shelter has overall the highest command in any emergency in relation to mass activities -> Climate Action response risk assessing urban resilience will by far have the most efficient adaptation/mitigation impact. Poor urban planning, lack of ecosystem restoration and short... Read more